Dear Parents of Sita Rama Class
Our new Sloka for learning:
man-manā bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yājī māṁ namaskuru
mām evaiṣyasi yuktvaivam
Think always of Me and become My devotee
Worship Me, offer obeisances to too,
With all your heart, be absorbed in Me
and surely you will come to Me
Endangered Animals Unit:
Students are preparing their presentations on a chosen endangered animal. They have chosen different media for presenting their research. Students have been learning how to find and summarise information and to present it in an interesting way. Our next question is how we can make a difference for saving endangered animals. We understand the best course of action is to increase God consciousness in the world so that people will naturally live in peace with the natural world which Krishna has provided. Students will be considering what they can do to each make a difference.
Next week we will be leading an assembly with the theme of Kaitiaki which is a Maori word for guardian. Maori people view themselves as guardians of the natural world and the same concept is there in Vedic culture.
Narasimhadevas appearance day:
Students co-operated to create a presentation on the story of Lord Narasimhadeva.
We have been learning about the Maori symbol called a Koru. The koru (Māori word for “loop”) is a spiral shape based on the unfurling silver fern frond of the ponga plant. Koru symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace. It is an integral symbol in Māori art, carving and tattoos.
This week we will learn about some Vedic symbols: The Conch, Aum and Tilak symbols. Students will create art using pastels to represents these symbols and their meanings.
A few weeks ago we did some experiments with acids and bases that we find at home. WE used red cabbage to make an indicator solution that changes colour when acids and bases were added. Obviously lots of fun especially when baking soda mixes with vinegar.
Our next science experiment will investigate how primary colors are used to make other colors and we will then use natural and dyes colors to make our own paints.
Group 1 (Nityananda) This week will be learning to:
Find a fraction of a number by sharing out the objects equally. Emphasis on halves, quarters, eighths, thirds and fifths. For example by counting objects like beans or counters, find 1/4 or 12. Find 1/5 or 15.
Using materials at home you can ask questions like; “If I have 15 sweets and share them with 5 people, how many sweets will each person have?”
Group 2 Gadadhara:
Find fractions of a set using multiplication and division, e.g. 1/3 of 21 is 7
1/4 of 24 is 6 , 1/5 of 40 is 8 , 1/3 of 27 is 9
Group 3 Advaita:
Order fractions using equivalence and benchmarks, e.g. 2/5 is less than 7/16 because 2/5 is 1/10 less than 1/2 and 7/16 is 1/16 more than 1/2.
Which fraction is bigger and by how much?
3/4 or 2/3 , 4/5 or 3/4 5/8 or 2/3
Zoo Trip and Science Trip
Coming up on 21st June we will be going to the science road show where students will be able to participate in a range of science learning experiences and on 27th June a visit to the Zoo for a lesson on endangered animals.
Krish and Raam making a wooden polar bear.